The constant change and transformation of current beauty trends has contributed significantly to the development of the wig and hair extension industry. From the sewing hair, hair clips, hair tape… the wigs gradually become one of the indispensable accessories in the wardrobe of the beauty followers. But is there anyone who understands and knows the origin of wigs?
You may not realize this, from Virgin hair from Brazil to Remy hair imported from India, in the millions of search results about the origin of wigs, the frequency of search results for wigs can vary. Chinese origin is rare – despite the fact that most of the hair used to make this product comes from China.
In fact, China is the leading country in exporting and importing real human hair thanks to its large population as well as abundant human resources. According to Emma Tarlo, a professor and anthropologist, people working in this field understand that the label “made in China” always brings a negative view to brands, which is also why this Chinese names rarely appear when it comes to the origin of wigs.
When looking at brands, blogs or watching hair tutorial videos, most will bring up concepts like hair from China will be the hardest, while hair from the Philippines is much shinier and smoother or hair from the Philippines is much smoother. Brazil is usually thicker and shinier … A variety of concepts about hair types are given, but most are quite vague, especially for customers who have never been exposed to these types of products.
The more you try to understand, the harder these concepts are to grasp. Therefore, Tablo thinks that to distinguish different types of hair, you need to have a better understanding of the origin of the wig. Hair from European countries often has the highest value due to its thin hair texture and natural color diversity. This type of hair is usually supplied from Eastern European countries such as Russia, Romania or Ukraine.
In particular, the two types of hair at the top of the supply chain in the current hair market are Virgin hair – hair that has not undergone any chemical processing and Remy toc – which is cut or shaved directly from the seller. And at the other end of the hair supply chain is the basic hair type – usually collected from excess or combed hair from hair salons.
Hair factories in China often refer to excess hair as basic hair because most of the hair supply comes from that method. Depending on the discretion of the wig supplier, you will be informed about the origin of the wig you purchase. However, often, these products are always labeled with misleading labels and customers rarely really care about this issue.
The reason customers do not want to learn too much about the origin of wigs is because they think that using another person’s “body” part, specifically hair here, is quite “horrible”, especially when Concepts such as hair being taken from the body of a dead person are sometimes passed around from person to person, and the process of purchasing wigs is kept completely confidential from start to finish.
Untangling, sorting and collecting hair loss is not just a profession, it is an industry. And in the products that are being regularly shipped from China to the consuming countries, these products will be mixed with hair from other Asian countries. Tarlo also said that Asian women will collect hair loss after each comb and after about a year, they will sell that hair for about $ 1 per bag.
All the hairs will be accumulated and passed from one collector to another and finally taken to factories for processing, which are mostly located in Bangladesh, India and near including Myanmar. These are all countries with cheap labor and people need jobs. The job of handling tangled hair usually requires a lot of labor with about 80 hours of detangling with 1.5kg of hair.
During hair treatment, since the outer cuticles of the hair are no longer aligned in the same direction, the hairs that fall out when combed become more easily tangled and knotted. Therefore, factories, especially factories in China, will choose to use chemicals to completely remove these cuticles, leading to poor hair quality.
Although still ranked first among the countries that import and export wigs and hair extensions, today, due to the influence of political factors, the wig and hair extension industry in China is no longer as developed as it used to be. . In the late 1960s, when the US began to ban “Communist hair”, the supply of hair from China was blocked, paving the way for the growth of the hair industry in India.
Hair from India has since gradually become a major source of Jewish wig manufacturers in Europe, America and Israel. Until 2004, when a delegation of rabbis from Stamford Hill, North London concluded that women had to burn their wigs because they were associated with spiritual beliefs.
This has sparked the biggest crisis in the hair manufacturing market. It was not until the last few years that wigs were able to return to their original position thanks to the development of the internet and the influence of celebrities.